Our Kindergartens

Witherlea Teachers

Edward Parker – Head Teacher (B.Tch(ECE))

I believe imagination, creativity, problem-solving, independent ideas, physical activity, communication, risk-taking, and a sense of adventure should be nurtured in a positive and supportive environment where children are treated with respect and the dignity they deserve.

Teachers should be approachable, patient, and receptive to children’s interests and experiences allowing time and space for them to flourish. I believe the best way children learn in a kindergarten context is with an emergent curriculum where their character is celebrated and their uniqueness is facilitated in a pro-active and genuine way.


Cynthia Rangi - Teacher

Cynthia Rangi - Teacher (B Teaching & Learning, Dip Teaching ECE)

My philosophy of teaching and learning is children learn when:

-They are respected and valued for their thoughts, culture, actions and holistic self,

-A good rapport is established and maintained between myself and the child,

-They take risks, experience and explore,

-The environment evokes creativity and curiosity, is interesting, challenging and fun!

My passion is using ICT to provide challenges for children in literacy and ICT skills.  I’m enthusiastic about working with children at baking with produce from our edible garden.  I am also passionate about music, dancing and physical challenges within the environment!


Lucia Weilsma - TeacherLucia Wielsma – Teacher (B Teaching & Learning ECE, Grad Dip in Special Education)

I believe my purpose as a teacher is to get to know the essence of a child, to feel the rhythms that move their soul, to establish rich, satisfying relationships and to provide meaningful experiences that will enable them to unfold and develop their unique potential in this universe.


Mel Mackie - Teacher (Dip of Teaching ECE & B Teaching ECE)

Tēnā Koutou

Ko wai au ( Who am I)? I am a parent of four and a grandmother (Nanny) of four.

I strive to provide a safe but challenging environment where teachers and tamariki (children) can explore together and share a love of learning. Love, respect, compassion, understanding and humour help children and the adults around them to appreciate the time spent together.

I love to share my interest in culture, music and te reo Māori with the tamariki.

I believe our tamariki are all unique and amazing individuals. The values we teach and instill in our tamariki will shape the world of tomorrow.  


Ann Naylor - TeacherAnn Naylor – Administrator

I enjoy the administration aspect of my work.

I especially enjoy my contact and interactions with parents, children and teachers. 

My passion is working alongside children in the edible garden.